'''John Scantlebury Macdonald''' (May 30, 1871 – September 26, 1931) was a Canadian
singer and recording industry|recording
executive. Under the pseudonym
'''Harry Macdonough''', he was one of the most prolific and popular tenor
s during the formative years of recorded music.
Macdonald was born in Hamilton, Ontario|Hamilton
. His earliest recorded performances were for the Michigan Electric Company in Detroit
, which made phonograph cylinder
s for penny arcade (venue)|penny arcades
. He caught the attention of Edison Records
with a demo recording
he made in October 1898, and began recording for Edison in The Haydn Quartet
. From 1899 until his retirement in 1920, he recorded hundreds of songs both as a soloist and in ensembles.
During the 1900s Macdonald took a job with the Victor Talking Machine Company
, becoming assistant manager and later manager of its New...